Cannabis is a family of plants with two classifications: Indica and Sativa. Marijuana can be considered a member of either classification, while hemp is only a member of the Cannabis sativa family. Even though the two plants come from the same family and therefore share some similarities, they have very important differences.
The biggest and most important difference between hemp and marijuana is the natural concentration of cannabinoids in each plant. Marijuana is naturally abundant with THC, with concentrations between 15%-40%. Hemp, on the other hand, typically contains a very low concentration of THC at 0.3% or less. This very low concentration of THC and high concentration of CBD and other cannabinoids is what prevents hemp from having the psychoactive effects that marijuana is known for.
Hemp has been used by humans for thousands of years. Archaeologists found a remnant of hemp cloth in ancient Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq and Iran) which dates back to 8,000 B.C. China has been cultivating hemp continuously for over 6000 years. Beyond its medicinal properties, hemp can be used to create cloth, paper, rope, and more. Marijuana is typically grown for its medicinal and psychoactive properties.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound known as a cannabinoid that is naturally occurring in the Cannabis sativa L plant. There are over 100 known cannabinoids in cannabis, most of which are non-intoxicating. Human bodies have a receptor system known as the endocannabinoid system that allows CBD and other cannabinoids to interact with the brain and body. CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain and central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are mostly in the peripheral organs. When the brain will sense when there is some kind of an imbalance, it produces cannabinoid molecules to send behavioral messages to individual cells and organs to bring the system back into balance. CBD mimics the effects of these endocannabinoids that are involved in this process, so you are naturally supplementing your brain and body with what it needs. Regularly consuming CBD will help activate and balance your endocannabinoid system, which may lead to a host of health benefits.
CBD is extracted from the Cannabis sativa L plant in a variety of methods, resulting in an isolate (just CBD molecules) or distillate (other trace amounts of cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant molecules present). CBD oil is oil that has been infused with CBD isolate or distillate oil. Our products are made with full-spectrum CBD hemp oil to fully encapsulate the healing power of the hemp plant. Studies have shown that cannabinoids and terpenes work better together, known as the entourage effect. We want to take full advantage of the natural benefits of hemp.
Collective Hemp Brands only sells legal products in fully legal markets. We are not trying to make a quick buck off a trend if it is not completely compliant with local regulations. The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill in the US legalized the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp, but states have adopted their own varying degrees of legality. Typically CBD oil and products are more accepted if they do not contain more than 0.2% THC, keeping them from being intoxicating.
In 2016, Forbes predicted that the CBD market could increase by 700% into a $2.1 billion market in consumer sales by 2020. In 2019, the industry is projected to grow to $22 billion by 2022. Our team of industry veterans was on the ground floor of the legal cannabis boom in Colorado in 2009 and is well-versed in scaling brands and products to meet the inevitable exponential growth in demand. That is why we are focused on establishing sectors in fully legal markets while preparing for launch as more and more states and countries legalize. We are positioned to be the front-runners of this booming industry.
Legal cannabis spending to top $26 billion by 2024 – ArcView Market Research< Cannabis industry expected to be worth $50 billion by 2026 – Bloomberg International markets outside of North America will grow from $488 million in 2017 to $4.1 billion in 2022 – ArcView Market Research
Yes! Studies have shown that cats, dogs, and horses have the same endocannabinoid systems as humans. This is why these animals are sensitive to THC, the intoxicating cannabinoid that Cannabis sativa L is infamous for. Many give CBD to their pets to alleviate pain after an injury, reduce anxiety and calm them down during a thunderstorm or long road trip, or reduce inflammation from skin irritants.
No. According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” All of our products are non-intoxicating. However, they are still intended for adult use.
It has been hard for scientists to study the medicinal benefits of cannabinoids since the plant has been vilified for so long. However, studies are starting to emerge that back the long-believed myths of the benefits of CBD. Numerous studies have shown that CBD has helped to reduce or even eliminate seizures, especially in children. CBD is also commonly used to alleviate anxiety and insomnia. Studies suggest that CBD can help with falling asleep and staying asleep. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed that CBD applied directly on skin could help lower pain and inflammation from arthritis. Many people around the world are learning about the natural benefits of CBD and using it as an alternative to pharmaceuticals for chronic pain, inflammation, sleep disorders, stress, anxiety, and more.